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Rafael Nadal shares his frustration with modern tennis
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No player has embodied the harsh realities of modern tennis better than Rafael Nadal. His unorthodox technique and grinding, unyielding style of play have worn down his body and forced him to withdraw from many tournaments.
He has endured injuries to his knees, elbows and feet throughout his career, but he remains determined to play on despite regular setbacks. His success at the 2022 Australian Open – where he fought back from two sets down to win a record 21st Grand Slam – was a reminder that he has the mental fortitude to carry on.
The 36-year-old also knows his own opportunities for more titles are dwindling, but he is adamant the sport will go on regardless of its biggest stars. After him, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are the Big Three at the top of the game.
Roger Federer is set to make a stunning return
As many fans know, tennis legend Roger Federer announced his retirement last week after a remarkable career. He won 20 Grand Slam singles titles and became the highest-ranked man in history at the age of 36.
After a string of injuries, including a slip while giving his daughters a bath at the Australian Open, he decided to take time off and focus on his family. While it’s unclear what his plans are for the future, he’s already hinted at returning to the Laver Cup next year in a different role – he wants to play doubles alongside his longtime rival Rafael Nadal.
The 41-year-old is currently living a comfortable life, and was spotted stepping out in Paris on Monday wearing an outfit that could only be described as iconic. His wife Mirka also sent the internet into meltdown, stealing the show in a blue goat sweater vest that she teamed with a navy turtleneck and two-piece suit.
Nick Kyrgios reignited his feud
The long-running rivalry between Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas is threatening to boil over again. The two tennis stars have been having a heated verbal battle for the past year.
Recently, they had a tense match at Wimbledon that featured some controversial incidents. Tsitsipas hit a ball into the crowd during the match and was fined heavily for it.
In response, Tsitsipas took a shot at Kyrgios’s attitude. He said that he was “triggered” by the Australian’s behaviour and called for him to be defaulted.
Despite the controversy, Kyrgios has been having one of his best years. He won the Australian Open doubles with Thanasi Kokkinakis and made his maiden Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon. He will be looking to do well in the upcoming United Cup, a doubles tournament.
Simona Halep and Serena Williams are rekindling their love for the game
After a long break, both Simona Halep and Serena Williams are rekindling their love for the game. In Halep’s case, she was able to rediscover her passion for the game because of an intense training schedule at the Mouratoglou Academy.
The Romanian, who has 23 singles titles, says she had to adapt to an especially rigorous drill routine. But she also believes that her time there helped her rediscover her drive to be the best player in the world.
During her time at the academy, she received a series of pep talks from adviser Ion Tiriac, one of the most successful tennis players in Romania and who has worked with tennis stars like Ilie Nastase and Guillermo Vilas.
But she heard a voice in her head, too: Mouratoglou. Even though he’s not at the tournament, Mouratoglou has been helping Halep to rekindle her love for the game.